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Thank You, Mr. Falker is a must read with every upper elementary class, but to make the most of it, you need comprehension focused activities for deeper meaning. Thank You Mr. Falker's rich vocabulary and meaningful themes are so important for
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Google Apps, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10
$6.00
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Jan Brett is a favorite author for the primary and middle grades, and this comprehensive Jan Brett author study with her most popular titles will make planning a breeze! This book companion bundle is perfect for the winter months whether you’re
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Google Apps, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.9, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7...
$58.50
$37.00
233
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By Comprehension Connection
This activity can be printed and used to reinforce students' understanding of author's purpose. Directions are included in the file for printing and usage. This activity is perfect for small group guided reading, as a center, in cooperative
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Printables
FREE
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By Comprehension Connection
If you love Patricia Polacco's books, then having grab and go materials to go with them is a HUGE help. This author study includes materials for *13* titles PLUS an author research lapbook for a total of 560+ pages of materials. Patricia Polacco is
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Google Apps, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.4.9, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5...
$79.50
$55.65
166
Bundle
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The Relatives Came is a classic from Cynthia Rylant. This comprehension focused book companion includes before/during/after activities in both PDF and Digital for Google Slides TM. Use the book as a mentor text, in guided reading, for partner work
Subjects:
Literature, Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Unit Plans, Novel Study, Guided Reading Books
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7
$5.00
151
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By Comprehension Connection
Bully is the perfect book for counselors, tech specialists, and classroom teachers. It deals with bullying/cyber bullying, cliques, internet safety, and welcoming new students to school. This comprehension focused bundle is designed in a before,
Subjects:
School Counseling, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.6, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, W.4.2, W.5.1
$5.00
147
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Mouse Soup is a great book for the beginning reader, and this comprehension focused book companion will help make planning for guided reading or book clubs easy and effective. It comes in PDF and Digital formats to give you more options for modeling
Subjects:
Literature, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.1.7, RL.1.9, RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.5
$5.50
142
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By Comprehension Connection
This bundle will save you TIME and provide your kids with MEANINGFUL LEARNING with a great book! This comprehension focused book companion is organized in a before/during/after format and is Common Core aligned. It includes a full color digital
Subjects:
Literature, Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Study Guides
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.7, RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.5, RL.5.6
$6.00
138
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Need meaningful materials to use with this great book? Save TIME and keep your kids FOCUSED with this comprehension focused unit. This bundle is perfect for guided reading groups or as a mentor text with it's rich vocabulary and description. It is
Subjects:
Literature, Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Google Apps, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.9, RL.4.2...
$6.50
136
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By Comprehension Connection
Owl Moon is perfect for any time of year, and this comprehension focused book companion comes in both PDF and for Google Slides TM. It's organized in a before, during, and after format and offers many options you can use to deepen student
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Winter
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Google Apps, Printables
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.4.1, RL.4.3
$5.00
129
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By Comprehension Connection
We all have bad days, and this classic book is one every child can connect to. This bundle includes a variety of comprehension focused activities to make reading the book meaningful. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is an
Subjects:
Literature, Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Google Apps, Guided Reading Books, Study Guides
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RF.3.4
$6.00
128
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By Comprehension Connection
If you are teaching about the Underground Railroad, Henry's Freedom Box is a great companion book. Having quality activities to use with the book is a huge help, and this bundle gives you LOTS of Options! It includes comprehension materials, a
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Reading Strategies, Black History Month
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th
Types:
Projects, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.6, RL.4.9, RL.5.2, W.5.2
$5.50
128
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By Comprehension Connection
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus is perfect for the start of the year. This comprehension focused guided reading unit is set up with before/during/after activities and vocabulary for each chapter. Junie B is a favorite of nearly all kids.
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Back to School
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RL.4.1...
$4.00
126
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By Comprehension Connection
Teaching about inferences? This comprehension focused bundle includes comprehension activities making inferences and more. It will make your planning EASY and EFFECTIVE. One book, but several skill options!SKILLS INCLUDE:prereading schema
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Novel Study, Guided Reading Books, Study Guides
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.6, RL.5.1, RL.5.2...
$4.50
116
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By Comprehension Connection
The Mitten by Jan Brett is a classic, must read book for all children. This comprehension focused unit includes materials to use in guided reading or as mentor text lessons before/during/after reading. It is CCSS ALIGNED and in DIGITAL AND PDF to
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Google Apps, Minilessons, Printables
$5.00
113
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By Comprehension Connection
My Rotten Redhead Older Brother is one of Patricia Polacco's most popular books. This comprehension focused unit includes before/during/after activities that work well for guided reading, as mentor text lessons, for partners, and even for some
Subjects:
Literature, Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7, RL.3.9, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.7, RL.5.2...
$6.00
97
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By Comprehension Connection
This Guided Reading Binder of materials addresses fiction and nonfiction strategies to use before, during, and after reading with any book. The table of contents is listed below, and sample pages are viewable in the preview file. The materials are
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.9, RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.6, RL.4.7, RL.4.9, RI.4.1, RI.4.2...
$10.00
94
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By Comprehension Connection
Partner Scripts are great for building fluency and comprehension skills. The Winner Takes the Pie is a script for the middle grades about two children who compete to see who can pick the most apples. (Tortoise and the Hare so to speak.) This
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Reading Strategies, Autumn
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Scripts
$2.50
89
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By Comprehension Connection
Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett is the sequel to Gingerbread Baby, and this comprehension focused unit for the book includes before, during, and after reading activities. It has two options-ONE FOR GOOGLE SLIDES TM AND PDF. There are 38 student
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
2nd, 3rd
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Fun Stuff, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.4, RL.2.5, RL.2.7, RL.3.1, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.7...
$5.00
91
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By Comprehension Connection
Reading Anchor Charts take a long time to make and they are best done with your students. Sometimes it's nice though to have them for reference later. I love projecting these for review lessons, putting them in interactive notebooks, and for helping
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Minilessons, Interactive Whiteboard
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.5.5, RI.4.2, RI.4.5, RI.4.6, RI.5.2, RI.5.5
$4.00
91
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a reading specialist with 27 years of experience. Recently, I took early retirement to homeschool our daughter. My experience has been split between classroom experience in first, fourth, and fifth and reading intervention. Most recently, I worked as a literacy coach. I also worked for a year as a tech specialist until the position was eliminated.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Because my primary responsibility has been reading intervention with struggling readers, my instructional methods are based upon the individual needs of the students in my groups. My lessons are hands-on, active, and thoughtful. I encourage lots of oral discussion with high level questioning, and I include writing throughout the reading process. I LOVE interactive notebooks, anchor charts, mentor texts, and working with anything fun and active.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In the past,, I've received two educational grants totaling four thousand dollars to build a leveled library and lending room for literacy workstations. With these funds combined with Title 1 reading funding, we've been able to add nearly 3000 books to our tradebook library. I also present workshops often through my involvement with the Virginia State Reading Association and my local reading council where I've served as president this past year..

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and a Master's degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia.

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I blog at Comprehension Connection, Classroom Tested Resources and Adventures in Literacy Land. I hope you'll drop by to read more about best practices in literacy instruction and share ideas of your own. To sign up for my monthly newsletter, CLICK HERE

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